Monday, September 24, 2007

Hot Issues in Missouri


I've been meaning to do a post on different Missouri issues for awhile now so this post is overdue.

1) The Guardian Angels are indeed starting a chapter here in Kansas City on both sides of the state line. I posted awhile back that they were considering it but they weren't sure at the time. It has now been made official.

2) Matthew Shepard's mother came to KC 2 weeks ago. I was upset about the article done by the KC Star about the event and I emailed the author with my complaint. I of course, got absolutely no response.

Here is the email that I sent which explains why I was bothered by the article:
I was a little disturbed by your article about Judy Shepard coming to give a talk in Kansas City. Your title and entire article describe Matthew Shepard as a victim of a hate crime. ABC's 20/20 did a show 3 years ago in 2004 exposing the fact that the crime actually had nothing to do with the fact that Shepard was gay (http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=277685). Yet, here we are 3 years later still describing this as a "hate crime".

Obviously, the Mother is still choosing to believe this but I think your article should have at least brought up that there is some doubt about it and evidence to the contrary. Alls this does is fuel the politically correct notion that "hate crimes" should be treated differently than other crimes. I was disappointed at how your article seemed to be completely one sided and ignorant of the fact that there has been some dispute about whether it was a hate crime or not.

3) The firestorm over Frances Selmer who is a member of the Minutemen. There has been an unbelievable overreaction to the news that a woman who was nominated by our new Mayor to the Parks board is a member of the Minutemen. It is causing such a stir that it is getting national attention.

The Minutemen are being described by many liberals here as a "hate group", including my liberal buddy Tony. I am sure he will be irritated by this post but I have to be honest about how I view this whole situation. There has been MAJOR pressure by many for Mayor Funkhouser to force the lady, Frances Selmer to resign from the board. I haven't been overly impressed with Funkhouser yet but I am proud of him for sticking to his guns and not forcing her to resign. He refuses to capitulate to those who are for all intents and purposes trying to blackmail him into firing her or forcing her to resign. La Raza and the NAACP are threatening to move their national conventions to somewhere other than KC if she stays on the board.

It bothers me that the Minutemen are being described as a hate group when all they are against is illegal immigration, no matter what the illegal immigrant's skin color. I wouldn't lose a second of sleep over the fact that KC doesn't get to have conventions for the NAACP or LaRaza. I don't know much about LaRaza but I would have to say that the NAACP is more of a hate group than the Minutemen is, by far.

Semler herself is also refusing to give into the blackmail and went on Laura Ingraham's radio show this past week.

Amazingly, the KC Star did a background piece on the Minutemen in yesterday's paper and it was close to being fair and objective.

4) McCaskill also took money from Hsu! I love how taking money that has been given illegally or underhandedly is just swept under the rug when the politician is a Democrat and they claim they'll give the tainted money to charity. More on this from Missouri's Political News Service.

5) In Defense of Governor Matt Blunt! Conservative groups were all in an uproar over a Judge that Matt Blunt put on the Missouri Supreme Court recently who they described as a "liberal activist judge".

I talked to a contact of mine who knew the background behind the pick. The Appellate Judicial Commission has 7 members and the commission gets to pick 3 judges for the Governor to pick from to nominate to the Court. Right now this commission is basically made up of 6 liberals and 1 conservative. Out of the 3 people who are appointed by Governors only 1 has been nominated by Blunt. The others are holdovers from the previous Democrat Governor.

So the commission basically picked 3 liberals for Blunt to pick from to put on the Missouri Supreme Court. Blunt was between a rock and a hard place. If he didn't pick the least of the 3 evils the commission then gets to pick. He didn't have the choice of getting the commission to pick 3 new people. It was either pick from the 3 choices or the commission got to. So Matt Blunt picked the one judge who had been appointed previously by a Republican Governor and had the least amount of activist rulings.

Yet, conservative groups like Family Research Council sent out emails screaming that Matt Blunt had betrayed conservatives. This really bothered me so I tried to contact FRC to get their side of it and I was never able to get a hold of anyone to explain to me what better option Blunt had. Many conservatives are still upset at Blunt over the stem cell amendment. He doesn't need more criticism from his base when he it looks like he did the best he could. I think FRC and other conservative groups owe Matt Blunt an apology and a retraction.

6) Hurricane Hannah--Hannah Montana is coming to KC in December. The tickets sold out in less than 11 minutes after they went on sale. My oldest daughter is a huge fan and is determined she's going to win tickets off of the radio station for them. There is a big controversy here about the concert because so many parents were upset that they weren't able to get tickets. Apparently our new Sprint Center gave 3,000 of the tickets to people who worked on the Center. The concert can only have 11,000 people so that left only 8,000 tickets left to the public.

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